A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out searches at 31 locations, including the premises of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the agency summoned some accused in the case for questioning.
A CBI source told The New Indian, “The CBI has summoned some accused named in the case for questioning today (on Saturday) at its office.” The source, however, did not reveal their names.
During the over 14-hour raid at the premises of Sisodia, the CBI seized his laptop, mobile phone, and several documents. The source also said that the agency will get the forensic test of the phone and laptop of Sisodia at its forensic lab and will submit the report to the court.
The CBI registered a case against Sisodia, Vijay Nair, former CEO of Mumbai-based entertainment and event management company Only Much Louder, besides 13 private people across Lucknow, Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, and Karnataka, which included liquor firm Brindco and Indospirit.
The CBI has also named three public servants, including Arva Gopi Krishna, the then Excise Commissioner, and IAS officer, Anand Tiwari, the then Deputy Excise Commissioner, Pankaj Bhatnagar, the Assistant Commissioner (Excise).
It also named Sameer Mahendru, Managing Director of Indospirits, Manoj Rai, ex-employee of Lucknow-based Pernod Ricard; Amandeep Dhal, Director of Delhi-based Brindco Sales Pvt. Ltd.; Amit Arora, Director of Buddy Retail Private Limited; Dinesh Arora, Delhi-based Mahadev Liquors; Sunny Marwah, authorised signatory of Mahadev Liquors; Arun Ramchandra Pillai of Karnataka’s Bangalore and Arjun Pandey of Gurgaon.
The CBI’s FIR is based on the complaint received from Lt Governor of Delhi VK Saxena, alleging irregularities in the framing and implementation of the excise policy of GNCTD of Delhi for the year 2021-22.
Earlier in the day, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia addressed a press conference and said that he may be arrested by the CBI in the next two to four days, but “I am ready to face the challenge. I never indulged in any corruption. I am not wrong, so I don’t worry. The CBI will get nothing”.